Tri-C Making an Impact in Clark-Fulton Neighborhood
College working with MetroHealth to revitalize neighborhood on Cleveland's west side
Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood has become, in some ways, a forgotten part of the city’s west side. To the north are Tremont and Ohio City, neighborhoods that have succeeded in reshaping their image as a destination for restaurants, arts and shopping.
To the south is Old Brooklyn and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, a year-round regional tourist attraction.
In the middle of it all, Clark-Fulton has been struggling to recover economically and develop a new identity of its own. Fortunately, Clark-Fulton has a major force on its side: MetroHealth Medical Center. MetroHealth’s main campus is on the eastern edge of the neighborhood, and the medical center is in the midst of a $1 billion campus transformation project aimed, in part, at reinvigorating Clark-Fulton economically and redefining its reputation as the west side’s health care hub.
Cuyahoga Community College is playing a role in the MetroHealth project and the revitalization of Clark-Fulton. As mentioned in a recent Cleveland Magazine feature on the MetroHealth project, Tri-C is making an impact on both an organizational and a personal level.
Last year, Tri-C announced the formation of its Access Centers ― neighborhood educational facilities connecting local residents with learning and job- training opportunities. One of the first Access Centers opened at MetroHealth’s main campus. It will be a part of the health center’s expansion and renovation project.
Tri-C is also educating Clark-Fulton’s future workers at its main campuses. Eduard Walker, a 17-year-old who wants to become a physical therapist, is one of them.
Walker, who moved to Cleveland from Puerto Rico three years ago after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island, was accepted to Tri-C based on the recommendations of MetroHealth human resources specialists, who teach a job skills class Walker attends weekly.
Walker plans to apply for a job with MetroHealth’s dining services when he turns 18, giving him a valuable foothold in his area of study and advancing the education of a young, ambitious Clark-Fulton resident who has the power to help reverse the fortunes of the place he calls home.
“I believe this neighborhood will be a role model for other cities,” Walker told Cleveland Magazine.
March 27, 2020
Erik Cassano, 216-987-3577 or firstname.lastname@example.org